YOUNG thespians in Stratford have joined a worldwide project to record teenagers’ experiences of the coronavirus pandemic.
Stratford Youth Theatre (SYT) and The Drama Club have been working on The Coronavirus Time Capsule project highlighting how lockdown has affected their lives.
The project comes after the recent cancellation of their production for The National Theatre’s ‘Connections Festival’ at The Clore on Waterside, due to lockdown.
SYT director Sarah Plowright said: “We were incredibly disappointed our production of ‘Witches Can’t Be Burned’ by Sylva Semerciyan was unable to go ahead after weeks of rehearsals.
“The cast had been so excited to perform in Stratford, but now at least they’ve been able to create these Time Capsule videos.
“This is a brilliant project. It’s been a fantastic way to stay in touch with our young people and a great way for them to record what’s happening during this global shutdown. We’ve loved their creativity and will be able to look back on it and remember the smallest details of being in lockdown in Stratford-upon-Avon.”
The Coronavirus Time Capsule project was founded by London-based youth theatre Company Three. It brings together youth theatres, schools and drama groups from all over the world with participants from Kenya, Brazil, Australia, Croatia, the Netherlands and the USA.
The young performers from Stratford will be creating short Time Capsule videos over the next few weeks and sharing them on the Stratford Youth Theatre Youtube channel.
Exploring themes such as school and missed exams, the lockdown rules, exercise, and friendships, the recordings aim to provide a lasting insight into young people’s experiences during the pandemic.
Ned Glasier, artistic director of Company Three, said: “We’re so excited that Stratford Youth Theatre and The Drama Club have joined this international network to create their own Coronavirus Time Capsule.
“We know the shutdown is particularly difficult for teenagers, living with all that the pandemic has brought and missing out on key rites of passage in their education and emotional development. So we wanted to provide support, connection, a space to be heard – and a chance to connect with teenagers in similar situations all over the world.”
View The Stratford Coronavirus Time Capsule here